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A Good Idea or Not: Morning After Pill Survey Results

A Good Idea or Not: Morning After Pill Survey Results


A few weeks ago in a survey, we asked what you thought about the new bill recently approved by the French government that allows school nurses to distribute the morning after pill if a doctor or family planning clinic can't be reached right away. Here's how you voted:
A good idea: 55%
Not a good idea: 45%

You had a lot of opinions about why distributing the morning after pill in schools is or isn't a good idea. Here's what some of you said:
  • "It's good because it will help prevent more unwanted pregnancies."
  • "It's not a good idea because some people might abuse the use of the pill so people will start having unsafe sex."
  • "No matter what, teens will have sex, so the pill might as well be available in emergencies."
  • "If the condom should break or if the girl was raped, this could prevent an unwanted pregnancy."
  • "It'll promote teens having sex because they know they won't become parents. But just because you can't get pregnant doesn't mean you can't get STDs."
  • "It's a good idea because it won't make girls want to have sex, BUT if they do have sex it's a way for them to prevent having a baby or an abortion."
  • "It makes people become careless about contraception, thinking they can take the easy way out the next day instead of taking responsibility."
  • "I am pro-choice and I'm for anything that helps the movement."
  • "I don't think it is a good idea. If girls are concerned about getting pregnant they shouldn't have sex in the first place."
  • "It's a good idea because, that way, girls don't feel trapped. We have a say in what we do to our own bodies."
  • "People in high school or junior high school should NOT be having sex, because most girls actually don't want to. And if they want contraception, their parent/guardian should be able to provide that."
  • "It's a good idea because girls are at school all the time and if they made a mistake it is much more convenient than going to a drugstore or Planned Parenthood."
  • "These kinds of matters don't belong in school because it almost appears to be advocating for sex. I don't think it is a good idea because it will make young girls think that sex is okay. Sex is supposed to be a special thing and by making the morning after pill available to girls as young as junior high it gives the impression that having sex is okay."
  • "If something happened, such as the condom broke and they were not planning on it, I think that a girl should have the right to react to a bad situation before it becomes a major problem."
  • "It's not a good idea because it is contributing to unprotected sex, which is putting people at a greater risk!"
  • "There are accidents and sometimes it is the best thing to do. Availability in schools would make it easier."
  • "It will lead teenagers to believe that there are no consequences to having sex, that if they get pregnant they can just take a 'magical' pill and everything will be okay. However, they may not realize that the pill does not prevent STD transmission."
  • "It's a good idea because that way it will be available to girls who really need it."
  • "The reason I don't think it's a good idea is because it's just promoting teenage unsafe sex. Girls can just say, 'I don't have to use a condom because I have a pill.' That's not right."
  • "It's a good idea because maybe some girls need the morning after pill. Hopefully, not a lot of girls will need it, but it's good to know that they can still get it if they need it."
  • "The schools and government should not be in charge of the distribution of any pill. It is the girls' and their families' responsibility and obligation to each other. Also, the parents won't know and it just makes the girls want to be more sexually active because they know they won't get pregnant."
  • "It promotes unsafe sex. It makes kids who aren't really ready for the responsibilities of sex take something that is so serious lightheartedly. It's sick!"
  • "The morning-after pill is a bad idea because it sends a message that it's okay to not take birth control if you can get this pill at school."
  • "It's not a good idea because they're encouraging them to have unprotected sex. I thought we were supposed to learn how to be responsible adults... that doesn't sound too responsible to me!!"
Last Modified Date: 10/30/2000